(I Wanna Be a) Dumbcharger

Alien Lanes
A desert landscape with a colorful drum in the foreground. The band name and album title encircle the drum like Saturn’s rings.
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 4, 1995
Recorded1994
GenreIndie rock, lo-fi
Length41:00
LabelMatador
ProducerMr. Japan at Collider X-L
Guided by Voices chronology
Bee Thousand
(1994)
Alien Lanes
(1995)
Under the Bushes, Under the Stars
(1996)

Alien Lanes is the eighth full-length album by American lo-fi band Guided by Voices, released on April 4, 1995.[1]

The album was GBV's first release with Matador Records. According to James Greer's book Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll the advance for the record was close to a hundred thousand dollars, one of the more expensive deals in Matador's history. In contrast to the lucrative deal, Greer mentions that "The cost for recording Alien Lanes, if you leave out the beer, was about ten dollars."

Reception[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
The Guardian3/4 stars[4]
Pitchfork9.2/10[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[7]
Spin (1995)7/10[8]
Spin (2006)4.5/5 stars[9]

In a contemporary review of Alien Lanes, Matt Diehl of Rolling Stone described the album's music as "hooky rock that infuses songwriting smarts and a love of melody with a sometimes spiky, sometimes whimsical sense of experimentation".[6] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian gave the album a positive review, stating that "Pollard's songs are gems that stay just this side of self-conscious eccentricity".[4] Sullivan noted the songs' lengths, stating that they were "just enough time for Pollard to wheeze a few oblique lines and guitarist Tobin Sprout to trace out a raucous melody."[4] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice was less complimentary, giving the album a "dud" rating.[10]

Legacy[]

Mark Deming of AllMusic described Alien Lanes as being similar to Bee Thousand, though without "as many obvious masterpieces" and "fewer obvious mistakes".[2]

Pitchfork included Alien Lanes in their 'Top 100 Albums of the 1990s' polls, at No. 27.[11] Magnet named it the best album of 1995.[12] The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[13]

Track listing[]

All songs written by Robert Pollard unless otherwise noted.

  1. "A Salty Salute" (R. Pollard, Tobin Sprout)  – 1:29
  2. "Evil Speakers"  – 0:58
  3. "Watch Me Jumpstart"  – 2:24
  4. "They're Not Witches" (Greg Demos, Jim Pollard, R. Pollard)  – 0:51
  5. "As We Go Up, We Go Down"  – 1:37
  6. "(I Wanna Be a) Dumbcharger"  – 1:13
  7. "Game of Pricks"  – 1:33
  8. "The Ugly Vision"  – 1:34
  9. "A Good Flying Bird" (Sprout)  – 1:07
  10. "Cigarette Tricks" (Demos, J. Pollard, R. Pollard, Sprout)  – 0:18
  11. "Pimple Zoo"  – 0:42
  12. "Big Chief Chinese Restaurant" (J. Pollard, R. Pollard)  – 0:56
  13. "Closer You Are"  – 1:56
  14. "Auditorium" (R. Pollard, Sprout)  – 1:02
  15. "Motor Away" (R. Pollard, Sprout)  – 2:06
  16. "Hit"  – 0:23
  17. "My Valuable Hunting Knife"  – 2:00
  18. "Gold Hick"  – 0:30
  19. "King and Caroline" (R. Pollard, Sprout)  – 1:36
  20. "Striped White Jets"  – 2:15
  21. "Ex-Supermodel" (R. Pollard, Sprout)  – 1:06
  22. "Blimps Go 90"  – 1:40
  23. "Strawdogs" (Sprout)  – 1:17
  24. "Chicken Blows"  – 2:21
  25. "Little Whirl" (Sprout)  – 1:46
  26. "My Son Cool"  – 1:41
  27. "Always Crush Me"  – 1:44
  28. "Alright"  – 2:56

Personnel[]

Guided by Voices

Cover versions[]

Tracks from the album have been covered by various artists since its release. These include:

References[]

  1. ^ Alien Lanes at the Guided by Voices database
  2. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Alien Lanes – Guided by Voices". AllMusic. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
  3. ^ Flaherty, Mike (March 17, 1995). "Alien Lanes". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Sullivan, Caroline (April 14, 1995). "Guided by Voices: Alien Lanes (Matador)". The Guardian. p. A12. ISSN 0261-3077.
  5. ^ Hyden, Steven (October 2, 2016). "Guided by Voices: Alien Lanes". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Diehl, Matt (March 23, 1995). "Guided By Voices: Alien Lanes". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Randall, Mac (2004). "Guided by Voices". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 349–50. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ Ross, Alex (April 1995). "Guided by Voices: Alien Lanes". Spin. Vol. 11 no. 1. pp. 198–99. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  9. ^ Milner, Greg (November 2006). "Discography: Robert Pollard". Spin. Vol. 22 no. 11. p. 78. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 20, 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on June 23, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
  12. ^ Hickey, Matt. "Guided By Voices Released "Alien Lanes" 24 Year Ago Today". Magnet. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  13. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (March 23, 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  14. ^ "Owen Pallett covers Guided By Voices". Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  15. ^ http://theflenser.com/wreck-and-reference-alien-pains/